Pesto Chicken

Servings 4 people


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream unsweetened coconut milk often has the cream separated on the top of the can; if not, just use the milk
  • 3/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves


  • DO-AHEAD TIP: Marinate chicken overnight or for at least 3 hours (see recipe).
  • Prepare marinade in a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients except chicken; process until smooth. Pour half of this mixture into a covered container and refrigerate.
  • Place chicken in a large zipper topped plastic bag; pour remaining pesto on top. Seal bag and turn to coat chicken with marinade; refrigerate overnight or for at least 3 hours.
  • Preheat grill to MEDIUM-HIGH. Remove chicken from marinade (discarding marinade and bag) and grill for 5 to 8 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  • Remove reserved pesto from refrigerator; place it in a small saucepan and warm over medium heat; serve as a sauce over chicken.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Grilled eggplant and a big salad tossed with Leanne’s Basic Vinaigrette.
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